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Brian Joseph Cabrey

Personal injury Attorney at Jacksonville, FL

4.6   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1994
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Child abuse
    Representing families and relatives trying to help dependent relative children who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected, or in danger of being so. Approximately half of this work involves direct pro bono representation (as Attorney Ad Litem) of dependent children in the child welfare/child protection/foster care system.

    23 years

  2. Personal injury
    Plaintiff representation in: auto/trucking/transportation accidents, premises liability, products liability, medical and professional malpractice, physical and sexual abuse of children, wrongful death.

    29 years

Brian J. Cabrey is the founder and owner of Cabrey Law, a law firm focusing on the legal needs of children and the injured. Mr. Cabrey’s injury law practice includes representation of plaintiffs in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, professional malpractice, and products and premises liability.  Mr. Cabrey's child advocacy practice includes representation of child victims of physcial and sexual abuse, neglect, and abandonement, juvenile dependency (DCF), juvenile delinquency, and attorney ad litem representation of children.  Mr. Cabrey has obtained multiple settlements on behalf of injured clients in excess of one million dollars.  Mr. Cabrey is also a respected child advocate who frequently represents children pro bono in child abuse, juvenile dependency, and termination of parental rights proceedings.  He advocates for the rights and protection of abused, abandoned, and neglected children, and frequently represents children in civil matters  regarding injuries and damages they sustain from physical and sexual abuse, particularly while in state and institutional care.  Mr. Cabrey has  successfully obtained significant verdicts and recoveries for child victims of physical and sexual abuse, including multi-million dollar settlements, and been involved in landmark litigation of national significance to protect the legal rights of foster children, particularly when they are injured while in state care.  In 2001, Mr. Cabrey was  recognized by the Guardian Ad Litem Program of Florida for his volunteer efforts and dedication to the best interests of abused, neglected, and abandoned children, and named its Pro-Bono Attorney of the Year for Dependency in Duval County.  Mr. Cabrey was recognized and honored in 2007 by Florida’s Children First for his work in child advocacy.  In 2009, Mr. Cabrey was recognized as one of   Florida’s “Legal Elite” in Civil Trial,  a distinction reserved for the top 2% of Florida attorneys as determined by their peers.


Prior to founding Cabrey Law in 2015, Brian J. Cabrey was a partner with the law firm of Zisser, Brown, Nowlis & Cabrey, P.A. in Jacksonville, Florida.  Prior to joining the Zisser firm in 2001, Mr. Cabrey was a Senior Attorney and Assistant General Counsel with the State of Florida Department of Children and Families, Child Welfare Legal Services, for District Four in Jacksonville, Florida, serving Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, Clay, and Baker counties.  Mr. Cabrey currently volunteers his professional time and skills as a pro bono attorney ad litem for abused, neglected, and abandoned children.  He previously volunteered as a pro bono attorney for the State of Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program for the Fourth Judicial Circuit.  


Mr. Cabrey is a graduate of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He received his undergraduate degree in 1990 from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his law degree in 1993 from the University of South Carolina School of Law in Columbia, South Carolina.  He is a member of The Florida Bar, the Jacksonville Bar Association, and the Catholic Lawyers Guild.  Mr. Cabrey is currently the Chair of the Attorney Ad Litem Subcommittee of the Jacksonville Bar Association.  He previously served as Chair of the Protecting Our Children Section and the Legal Needs of Children Committee of the JBA.  Mr. Cabrey is a former President, Vice-President, and Program Chair of the Catholic Lawyers Guild for the Diocese of St. Augustine.  Mr. Cabrey also served on the board of directors of Florida’s Children First, a statewide, 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan children’s advocacy organization, from 2004 through 2011, and was the organization’s vice-president from 2006 through 2011.  He currently serves on the board of directors of Lumen Entertainment, a 501(c)(3) non-profit Catholic media production company based in Jacksonville, Florida.  Mr. Cabrey has been admitted to practice in all state courts in the State of Florida since 1994, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida since 1996, and was admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court in 2006. 

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Cabrey Law
233 East Bay Street
Suite 1010
Jacksonville, FL, 32202


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Posted by Lara | September 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional & Wise
Brian is a competent, kind, compassionate, tolerant, and supportive attorney. He patiently listened to my concerns and responded wisely. I highly recommend him to anyone going on the adoption journey.
Posted by Stacey | June 21, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Protecting Children and Families Rights
I have been looking for an attorney for over a year and a half who could help me with a custody case and personal injury. Mr. Cabrey was so kind to take time out of his busy schedule (on his way to his child’s soccer game) to give me the most honest advice along with the best game plan for me to achieve getting to my end goal! Unfortunately being that I am located in South Florida he could not help me with the first part but, as soon as I get it accomplished…I will be able to hire him for my personal injury case. Through our conversation, I felt for the first time that here is an attorney whom I could trust and would fight his hardest to see Justice was Served! He truly cares for the well being of anyone in need of his help! Mr. Cabrey gave me different ways to research and reassured me to keep going! To find a transparent, fierce and compassionate attorney is like finding a needle in a haystack nowadays…thankfully he is one of the few that still exist! I definitely recommend him with complete confidence…thank you Mr. Cabrey for all your help!
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Posted by Howard and Sandra | June 3, 2021
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Brian Cabrey represented us in a recent Foster Child adoption case, he is a man of integrity, he worked very diligently and professionally to get results that exceeded our expectations. He has an unbelievable presence in the courtroom, he stands for justice. He is an attorney that will FIGHT for you. At any time we needed him, he was always available. Mr. Cabrey would explain everything in detail and made the process much less stressful. Mr. Cabrey kept us updated throughout the process and was an invaluable resource when it came to protecting our rights in the courtroom. His attention to detail and knowledge of laws are unsurpassed. We would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Erika | June 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
We have been working with Brian for quite some time now and have been impressed with his knowledge in relation to our case. His focus to doing what's best for our child and overall for our family has been wonderful. Highly recommend his assistance for any relevant case needs.
Posted by Cindy | September 23, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Brian is the Best of the Best!
Brian is a brilliant attorney and considered to be a cut above the rest. His compassion, knowledge and experience exceeded my expectations and he handled my case swiftly and professionally. The safety and security of my child was at high risk; however, Brian was so experienced in his field and sympathetic to all of the emotions that accompany such a case, that I felt relieved and confident once it was in his hands. Billable hours are not how Brian operates; he minimizes conflict and seeks a fast resolution. He is the best in his field and can achieve results beyond expectation!
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2015
Previous Client
Mr. Cabrey is by far, one of the most knowledgable lawyers I have ever known. I had hired 4 previous attorneys, who had "claimed" they could handle my case(s), yet each one of them did Absolutely NOTHING but take my $$ and lose my case(s). I was Very lucky to find Mr. Cabrey....I am SO Relieved and Grateful for his knowledge, expertise, professionalism, patience and understanding. I would HIGHLY recommend Mr. Cabrey...just wish I had found him years ago!
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Posted by anonymous | November 1, 2013
I will be forever grateful to Brian Cabrey for his representation when my grandson's future hung in the balance.
I have the highest regard for Brian Cabrey. His knowledge and legal skills are combined with a genuine caring for his clients. In this case, a legal decision had to be made as to what living arrangements would be best for a preschool child and his future. When the child involved in such a case is your grandson, you need an attorney who can guide you, explore all the facts, and skillfully prepare and present the case to the court, while keeping an emotional situation as calm as possible. I found Mr. Cabrey to be not only of the highest quality as an attorney, but also a person who cares a great deal about the welfare of children. I would highly recommend him.
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Posted by Patricia | March 5, 2013
Child Advocate
Brian was able to secure us Guardianship( by a family member) of our granddaughter Lauren. We had been working with Attorneys in Charleston,SC. We paid these Attorneys all of my retired Husband's 401K. this was in excess of 100K. We spent 6 years and still got nowhere. Brian charged the least and did THE MOST. Within 2 short weeks Brian had paperwork filed,spoke with Lauren's Mother in Charleston and told her how this was going to unfold. He is a Godsend to families. He helped us get Lauren into a private school at the eleventh hour. We can't say enough positive things about Brian.
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Posted by R.D.L. | March 1, 2013
Honest, Integrity, Trustworthy
Brian assisted our family in a land mark case, which took several years. He is "What you see is What you Get'! His trust is in his handshake and he is always what is "Best for his client" to use honest and lawyer in the same sentence means alot! Our family has been blessed by his knowledge, inspired by his determination, and his faith in God and Family. He will be there when you need him and his assistant Linda wears a halo!.. God Bless you Brian
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Posted by Gerald | February 28, 2013
Mr. Cabrey responds promptly and professionally to all case questions
I have retained Mr. Cabrey on several ocassions to handle legal matters and in every instance have been pleased with his services. Unlike some attorneys whom I have done business with, Brian always has treated me and those whom I have referred to him as if they were his most important client. He communicates very effectively, providing information and explanations in layman's language without talking down to his client. I would recommend him without reservation to anyone as I already have to members of my family. Particularly in matters involving children, Brian is a kind and empathetic counselor, but a fierce advocate on the side of right and justice for his client.
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Posted by Terri | June 23, 2022
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Be cautious
Never received a contract, receipts or hourly billing statements. Asked for statements several times and kept telling me they were coming. Was very disappointed in representation on case. Was very condescending.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-350 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Cabrey Law
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Zisser, Brown, Nowlis & Cabrey, P.A.
  • 2001 - 2015
  • Senior Attorney
  • Florida Department Of Children & Families
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Brian J. Cabrey
  • 1994 - 2000
  • Staff Attorney & Senior Title Examiner
  • Equity Title Southeast
  • 1993 - 1994
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  • University of South Carolina School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990
  • St. Xavier High School
  • Honors Diploma
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • Sexual Abuse of Foster Child
  • Verdict/Judgment: $788,421.10
  • Wrongful Death
  • 7 figure settlement
  • Personal Injury
  • Verdict: $539,538.40


  • Florida Bar
  • 1994 - Present
  • National Crime Victim Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Chair, Attorney Ad Litem Subcommittee
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Chair, Legal Needs of Children Committee
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Chair, Protecting Our Children Section
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild
  • President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild
  • Vice President
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild
  • Program Chair
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Florida's Children First
  • Vice President
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Florida's Children First
  • Chair, Host Commitee, Northeast Florida Child Advocacy Awards
  • 2004 - 2011
  • Florida's Children First
  • Member, Board of Directors
  • 2004 - 2011
  • American Bar Association
  • 1994 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Florida's Legal Elite (Top 2% Civil Trial)
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2009
  • President's Child Advocacy Award
  • Florida's Children First
  • 2007
  • Duval County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (Dependency)
  • Florida Guardian Ad Litem Program
  • 2001


  • The Beaches Magazine
  • Back to School: 5 Ways to Protect Your Children from Predators
  • 2011
  • Aspatore Book publication
  • Product Liability and Personal Injury Lawsuits in the Wake of Toyota: Understanding the Impact of the Toyota recall Legislation
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Florida Personal Injury Law
  • Personal Injury 101
  • 2013
  • Attorneys Ad Litem
  • Dependency Training for Attorneys Ad Litem
  • 2012
  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury
  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury from Start to Finish
  • 2011
  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury
  • Plaintiff's Personal Injury from Start to Finish
  • 2010
  • Dirty Litigation Tactics
  • Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the "Rambo" Litigator
  • 2010
  • Legal Ethics
  • Legal Ethics in Florida
  • 2009
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Protecting Yourself from Legal Malpractice Claims
  • 2007
  • Insurance
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • 2007
  • Children's Records
  • Children's Records Law in Florida
  • 2006
  • Depositions
  • Taking and Defending Effective Depositions
  • 2005
  • Foster Care in Florida
  • Florida's Foster Care Crisis
  • 2003
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (22)
Endorse Brian
Child abuse Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Brian is a committed children's advocate. He is knowledgeable and very experienced."
Personal injury Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brian. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian has continued to work in protecting children's rights for years while simultaneously securing the justice they deserve following some of the most serious injuries."
Child abuse Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a passionate advocate for his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse Brian Cabrey. I have known Brian for several years and know him to be a very talented attorney and of impeccable character."
Child abuse Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a tireless advocate who donates much of his time in order to make sure that children have a voice in the dependency system."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I've known Brian for many years. He's an excellent advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cabrey is an excellent attorney who demonstrates outstanding professionalism. His dedication to the children of our community is so admirable; he is a true leader in our legal community and our community at large."
Family Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Cabrey for many years and know him to be a passionate, intelligent, and thorough advocate for his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Jacksonville Personal injury Lawyer Brian Joseph Cabrey
Brian Joseph Cabrey
Personal injury Attorney
Jacksonville, FL
Licensed for 28 years